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Optimism Regarding Afghanistan

Sam MortUNICEF's Chief of Communications in #Afghanistan (September 2021)

"UNICEF works with a lot of young people and, since I arrived in #Afghanistan a year ago, I have been struck by their energy, #optimism and determination to forge forward, particularly in their desire for education. It’s not easy, especially for #young #women who in their desire to learn and seek new opportunities confront daily threats, hardships and challenges. Their confidence, the pluckiness, is remarkable. I don't think I was expecting that. I see a bravery in Afghanistan's girls and women that I haven't seen anywhere else, because the fears and pressures are real and they acknowledge them, and they move forward anyway."

George and Laura Bush

"In times like these, it can be hard to remain optimistic. Laura and I will steadfastly remain so. Like our country, Afghanistan is also made up of #resilient, vibrant people. Nearly 65 per cent of the population is under twenty-five years old. The choices they will make for #opportunity#education, and #liberty will also determine Afghanistan’s future.

"As Dr. Sakena Yacoobi of the Afghan Institute of Learning, which has opened schools for #girls and #women around the nation, wrote this week: “While we are afraid, we are not defeated.” She added, “Ideas do not disappear so easily. One cannot kill whispers on the wind. The #Taliban cannot crush a dream. We will prevail, even if it takes longer than we wanted it to.”  

"Laura and I, along with the team at the Bush Center, stand ready as Americans to lend our support and assistance in this time of need. Let us all resolve to be united in saving lives and praying for the people of Afghanistan."

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